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Holding Elections During a Pandemic: the South Korean Experience



    The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on countries and states to hold or postpone scheduled elections. On April 15, 2020, South Korea pushed through with national elections, and achieved a nearly 66% voter turnout, its highest since 1992.

    Could elections be held during a pandemic? How did the country do it? What lessons can be learned from that experience? What measures could be taken to ensure that democratic processes continue during extraordinary circumstances?

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